Choose from the following study abroad topics that you have questions about. 

Deciding to Study Abroad

Q: Who can study abroad?
A:
Undergraduate and graduate students can study abroad, and students in any major can benefit from the experience. Haven’t picked a major? Studying abroad may spark new interests that could help you choose a major and career path.

Q: Why should I study abroad?
A:
Studying abroad can help you...

  • Learn a language
  • Gain more independence
  • Develop your communication skills
  • Immerse yourself in a different culture
  • Become more open-minded 
  • Make friends from across the globe
  • Enrich your academic studies
  • ... and more!

Q: When can I study abroad?
A: You can study abroad as early as the spring of your freshman year at our campus in Angers, France! Otherwise, you can begin studying abroad the summer after your freshman year. Transfer students must have established a GPA at St. Edward's before studying abroad. The earlier you get started, the more study abroad experiences you can have.

Q: Can I study abroad more than once?
A: Definitely. Studying abroad more than once requires planning to make sure you’re earning credit toward your degree, and our office can help keep you on track.

Q: Where can I study abroad?
A: The possibilities are endless, although choosing a study abroad location requires much research and thought. Consider a few aspects of your abroad experience - 

  • What language do you want to be surrounded by?
  • What kind of climate do you want to live in? 
  • What kind of culture do you want to be immersed in?

Q: What opportunities other than study abroad are available?
A: Students may also consider an internship abroad, completing a volunteer program abroad, working abroad after graduation, or pursuing graduate studies abroad. More and more, study abroad programs are combining experiential and classroom learning, so there are many possibilities.

Q: Do I have to speak a foreign language to go abroad?
A: No. Many programs are offered in English, even in non-English speaking countries. However, studying abroad presents the opportunity to enhance your language skills or learn a new language, and we encourage all students to have a little knowledge of the host country language out of respect for the culture of the country.

Q: Can I use financial aid to study abroad? Are there scholarships available?
A: We work with Student Financial Services to help you choose a program that allows you to maximize your financial aid package. The Fellowships Office at St. Edward's can also help you apply to certain scholarships for study abroad. Make sure to plan ahead so you can use as much of your financial aid as possible. Learn more about study abroad scholarships.

Q: What kinds of programs are available and how do they differ?
A: Students at St. Edward’s can select from a variety of program types and options - check them out here!

Q: How do I know which program to go on?
A: We’ll help you to determine the best program given your academic goals, your language skills, your financial aid package, and your preferences. Your Study Abroad Advisor will talk to you about each of these aspects and help you choose a program in an individualized advising appointment.

Applying to Study Abroad

Q: How do I apply to study abroad?
A: Review our 4-step process for studying abroad at St. Edward’s. The first step is to create an online profile through our Study Abroad Portal. Here you can search and apply to study abroad programs, contact your Study Abroad Advisor, and complete your application.

Q: Can I apply to more than one study abroad program at a time?
A: No, you apply to your first choice and all applicants are asked to designate a second choice as well but you cannot apply to multiple programs for the same semester. 

Q: How will I know whether or not I was accepted to a study abroad program?
A: You will receive your application decision via email within 10 days of the application deadline for your program.

Q: What does it mean if I was “waitlisted” for a study abroad program, and what should I do in the meantime?
A: It means the program you are applying to has reached full capacity. It’s possible that someone will withdraw from the program after the deadline, in which case you may be eligible to take an available spot.

Q: What happens after I am accepted?
A: Once you have been accepted to a program, you will receive an email from Study Abroad regarding your acceptance and instructions on how to complete your next steps. Note that there are still application requirements to complete after acceptance, and failure to do so will mean you may not be able to study abroad.

Academics

Q: Is there a GPA requirement to study abroad?
A: Yes. We require a GPA of at least 2.75, however, students with a GPA lower than a 2.75 should speak with their Study Abroad Advisor to complete a GPA petition.

Q: What is the GPA Petition process?
A: Applicants with GPAs below 2.75 will be sent a link to the GPA petition which should be completed within the timeline given. You’ll be asked to fill out some brief information and write a short essay (500 words) detailing how you will manage your studies while abroad. The GPA petition must be approved by the Director of Study Abroad.

Q: I am a transfer student, can I study abroad?
A: Yes, but not during your first semester at St. Edward’s. You must have an established GPA of 2.75 or higher to study abroad. If you wish to study abroad in your second semester and do not have a GPA at the time of application, there is a petition process that your Study Abroad Advisor will discuss with you. 

Q: I am an international student. Can I study abroad?
A: Yes. Inform your International Student Advisor of your plans. You are also responsible for acquiring any visa or travel documentation you may need to participate. Contact iss [at] stedwards.edu with any questions or concerns.

Costs

Q: Does financial aid apply to the cost? 
A: Yes, but there are stipulations. St. Edward's institutional aid and your federal financial aid (any funds from your FAFSA) can be applied toward the following study abroad programs: SEU in Angers, Faculty-led, Exchange, and Sponsored (semester) programs. Summer programs vary in the ways financial aid can be applied. Contact your financial aid advisor with any questions. Veterans interested in studying abroad should meet with the Military and Veterans Affairs Coordinator to determine program eligibility and funding.

Q: How much spending money should I take?
A: We recommend creating a budget based on your personal spending habits and the cost of living where you plan to study. You can find Budget Sheets on the program pages of the Study Abroad Portal with cost estimates, but actual costs vary by student.

Traveling During Your Program

Q: Can I arrive early to my program or stay after it has ended?
A: Yes, as long as you are where you need to be for the program start and end dates. 

Q: Am I allowed to travel elsewhere during free weekends or campus holidays?
A: If you are on an Exchange program, you are free to travel on your weekends and campus holidays.  If you are on a Sponsored program or a Faculty-led program, you are allowed to travel only when other weekend activities/excursions are not scheduled.

Withdrawing from a Program

Q: What should I do if I want to withdraw from a study abroad program?
A: First, review the cancellation policy portion of your application for both your program and for Study Abroad. Be sure you understand there are financial penalties for withdrawing, then let your Study Abroad Advisor know in writing and meet with them to review the financial implications and alternative options. We use the first recorded communication about your intent to withdraw as the date from which penalties are assessed. So, when you are certain you no longer want to participate in a program, the sooner you contact your advisor, the better.

Q: What are the withdrawal fees if I withdraw after the deadline?
A: This depends on how close your withdrawal is to the start of the program. Please review the cancellation policy for both your program and Study Abroad.

In Case of Emergencies While Studying Abroad

Q: Who do I contact for help in an emergency while I'm abroad?

If you are traveling with faculty or staff:

Faculty or on-site staff at your study abroad program are the fastest and most helpful resource in an emergency. Contact them first for immediate assistance.

If your emergency requires that any St. Edward’s University office be involved, contact the University Police Department, and they can connect you to the appropriate contact (Health & Counseling Center, Dean of Students Office, etc.).

If you are not traveling with faculty or staff and it is not a medical emergency, contact the following:

During Business Hours (M-F, 8:00-5:00 pm):
Study Abroad
Moody Hall 102
[+001] 512-448-1051
studyabroad [at] stedwards.edu

NOTE: Study Abroad staff does not regularly check email or voicemail over weekends and holidays. Time zones might also make it hard to receive a timely response.

After Hours 24/7:
University Police Department (UPD)
[+001] 512-448-8444
Holy Cross Hall, G13
campus.safety [at] stedwards.edu